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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 119-125.
Published: 01 November 2012
... approach her more recent works— The World Is a High Hill (2012), a collection of twelve stories, and “Nothing's Mat,” a novel awaiting its publisher. © 2012 by Small Axe, Inc. 2012 Me and My Head-Hurting Fiction Erna Brodber It sometimes bothers me that my children and grandchildren cannot...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 37-46.
Published: 01 November 2018
...] won’t know the nothingness that set me to completing Nothing’s mat, because they understand more about ancestral spirits and energy than I knew at thirty. I do feel that I have accomplished something: I have set them off on the right path” (106). It is clear that Nothing’s Mat works to replace the...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 69-71.
Published: 01 July 2014
...Kamau Brathwaite A tribute to Nelson Mandela © Kamau Brathwaite 2014 Living in this solitude surrounded by its waters whales conquistadores voyagers Quarrying each day and every day into the hard blind limestone blisters of yr memory. remembering everything until it seem like nothing...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 60-74.
Published: 01 July 2012
... Indian condition of “nothingness.” Indeed, the concept “nothing” is a major theme in Walcott's work. 3 Walcott's “nothing” ultimately goes much wider and deeper than Naipaul's, but the former still owes some of its resonance to the latter. The echo is heard, too, in Brathwaite's Arrivants : for we...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (3): 145-149.
Published: 01 October 2006
... months from the day that BWEE plane swallow you up like Jonah whale. Two more days for Christmas and I decide I not showing my face by Miss Marcano post office again. That woman take pleasure in telling me “nothing come for lamppost 97 dear.” Then she sniffing—one , two, three times—like she...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (2): 34-45.
Published: 01 June 2007
... d’être has not been diluted by cross-cultural impacts. Vain assaults, those of the mighty Vatican. All the contempt of civilized “modernity” could do little to stamp out their drumming. Some thought that containment would do them in! But how insolent! They frown at nothing for on the high seas...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (3): 140-144.
Published: 01 October 2006
.... Sooner or later I’ll walk through Bay St. dressed as a naked man with a thick gold chain. 144 | SX21 • Three Poems Seeing as I am on the verge of cussing out the beaches and the sun. I wish that I could say, aint nothing. I wish I was the one who tongued the Queen...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 203-210.
Published: 01 July 2013
.... I've no words left to write, nothing to say but this: Over time, one forgets the business of bodies. I carry my bones softly, bear his weight while I count the ceiling's rotted ribs. A tree still lives here, somehow. When I breathe deep, something yellow, ambrosial...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 162-169.
Published: 01 July 2017
... fast or slow. You lick chest and make dance moves inspired from tin mackerel you cook yesterday evening in dutch pot with wooden spoon. Nothing can chain the men so fluid that their spirit slips through glassy grasps; where thirst is transformed into a well, and destruction becomes the thing...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 124-134.
Published: 01 July 2011
... primeval, nothing too hot to steal. I recall that winter in New York he droned, “The art of stealing is the art of killing.” All the good writers are dead...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 141-147.
Published: 01 July 2014
... sand and lime, how to flatten things in time. Whole cities splattered behind him, tossed over the cold shoulder of unfortunate decades: savannahs of stone and brick, thick forests of walls, vineyards of barbed wire, the stiff current of promenades. Nothing swayed in the breeze where he had been...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (1): 141-144.
Published: 01 February 2007
... so complex; Complex, yet powerfully simple, claim not the treasures that they possess; relax, but never sleep, own everything, but relate nothing seemingly changing, yet they know only the art of being; they express the sentiments...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (2): 63-65.
Published: 01 June 2007
... a renewal of moral and religious values! I keep asking myself—like the Nation who is selling this and why? As usual someone told me that the work looked foreign and that that there was nothing distinctively Trinidadian about it . . . they said it looked generic. The way I see it, these...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 111-119.
Published: 01 July 2015
...Mario Alejandro Ariza First Place, Poetry © Mario Alejandro Ariza 2015 Piedra volcánica that pricks the skin, the basalts up north have nothing on you. So what if the sea at edge wears you smooth? At center you're rough—you jut into the piel that doesn't take time with you...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 57-62.
Published: 01 July 2018
... hungry? Not really, I lie, too nervous to eat. The women at the counter stare at me or maybe my dress. They aren’t much older, but nothing seems new to them. Juan takes my sandwich and eats it too. He could’ve insisted, like Mamá does when we have guests over. Even when they say they aren’t...
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Small Axe (2004) 8 (2): 170-178.
Published: 01 September 2004
... more highly interactive and public forum. Th ere needs to be a reexamination of our approach to deciding issues of national importance, and especially those of symbolic signifi cance. Th e creation of the Emanci- pation monument was nothing less than the creation of...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 178-184.
Published: 01 November 2019
... declares that the Antiguans “are not responsible” for what she has and she “owe[s] them nothing.” 4 Yet the narrator nevertheless circumvents the tourist’s denial of colonial history, using the epistemic mood to resuscitate such foreclosed forms of obligation: the speaker presents insights the tourist...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 149-159.
Published: 01 July 2016
... disinterest. You cleared the table and boiled her coffee. “Your mother make the best coffee.” She turned to you, her mouth softening. You suddenly didn't know what to ask, which questions were the most important, which ones would help you understand. “Everyone else use whole milk, but she use nothing...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 89-99.
Published: 01 July 2019
... rebels, plotters, activists. Not a single lead, nothing to help me and Ham out. Strange. But the whole case is strange. Usually it’s chicks we’re looking for in Trinidad. Easy gigs. Always the same old scenarios: a cargo container crammed full of doped-up little girls about to be trafficked out to some...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 170-176.
Published: 01 July 2017
... raised his hand with the three bowls, stacked on top of each other. “You have the gall to come beg me for food today?” “What you talkin bout?” Jag asked, his eyes narrowed and fixated on her. “I talking to you? I talkin to that good-for-nothing woman here—burn my nice sheet my son bring from...